Have you heard of the Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program? It’s the means by which I teach fabric-loving Buddhist women around the world to stitch sacred beauty — beauty like you see in these wake-ups each week. Might you be a stitching buddha? If you yearn to integrate your creativity and your spirituality, you just might be. Make art your sacred practice. Visit StitchingBuddhas.com for more info and send me an email if you have any questions.
Saturday’s open house was a great success, with well over a hundred people in attendance. Great energy and enthusiasm were present in the space. A good sign for good things to come!
The studio will be a space for the creation, preservation, documentation, and transmission of the sacred Tibetan appliqué tradition and for playful, colorful, multifaceted encouragement of every individual’s journey in awakening. Leslie will be there stitching most days and will host periodic Laughter Sessions, Stitching Workshops, and Film Nights.
In addition, visiting teachers will offer workshops in a wide variety of transformative arts. Offerings in the first few months will include Dream Altars with Ruth Davis, Taoist Light Qigong with Chiyan Wang, and Creating your Inner Mandala with Kalsang Dawa.
Check our online calendar for up-to-date information.
In addition to scheduled activities, Leslie will be stitching in the studio most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and would love to share her process with you. There are no fixed hours, so it’s always best to call in advance. If you live in the area or ever come to visit, please call 805-626-8272 or write firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Can’t wait to see you there!
For the month of March 2014, the thangkas will be “out of station,” as they say in India. They’ll be on display at the An Lac Mission / Ventura Buddhist Center at 901 South Saticoy Ave in Ventura, CA 93004. Leslie will still be stitching in the Studio. And Dream Altars, Qigong, and Laughter gatherings will take place. But to see the art in March, visit AnLac Temple. Here’s their contact information:
Phone: (805) 659-9751 or David Stanley at (805) 630-6922
Sacred and transformative art has a new venue in southern California, at the Channel Islands Harbor. Oxnard is known more for agriculture (and its awkward name) than for art and spirituality. But the ocean and harbor make it a perfect environment for expansive experience.
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo has been quietly stitching silk thangkas (a sacred Tibetan art form) at her home there for years. This Saturday, February 22, she’ll open a studio allowing the public to view this rare textile art and interact with it, along with other transformative arts.
Tibetan art is all about transformation — transforming ourselves from a habitual and somewhat deluded state into our true, clear, awake selves. At the Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio, not only will Leslie make and show thangkas, but she’ll provide space for a variety of activities with that same purpose.
This Saturday, the studio will be open to the public from 10 to 4. Complete silk appliqué thangkas will be on display alongside work-in-progress.
In March, the studio will host two visiting teachers offering different transformative learning experiences:
On March 1, Ruth Davis of sparktheheart.com will come down from Morro Bay to lead a half-day Dream Altars Workshop in which participants will create three-dimensional visual reminders of their intentions.
On March 12, Chiyan Wang, well-known Santa Barbara Qigong master will begin a three-week introductory class in Taoist Light Qigong for self healing.
In April, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo herself will lead a 3-day Stitching Buddhas Workshop, introducing students to the distinctive stitchery techniques of Tibetan appliqué. The Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will be the only place outside of Asia where the ancient art of Tibetan appliqué is taught in person — and in English!
Master thangka painter Kalsang Dawa, will visit from Vancouver in June to teach a 4-day workshop in mandala painting. This very special workshop will introduce traditional thangka painting techniques, such as canvas preparation and the grinding of minerals, while allowing participants to express their own inner wisdom through their art. No prior experience is required. Kalsang Dawa was trained by the renowned Venerable Sangye Yeshe, personal thangka painter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and head of the thangka painting school at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives until his death in 2009.
Views of Awakening, a (mostly) Buddhist film series will begin in April.
And Leslie will lead Laughter Workouts every Sunday morning in March at 9am. Sundays are a great time to visit the Harbor and browse the abundant Farmers Market next door.
The Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will celebrate its opening with an Open House on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. The studio is upstairs in Suite 201 of Harbor Landing, just above the Italian Job restaurant at 2810 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA.
Stay informed of studio events with our online calendar.
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A new transformational arts studio is about to open at the Channel Islands Harbor in southern California. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo has long dreamed of having a place where she could not only stitch sacred silk thangkas but also meet with patrons, collectors, and people interested in learning about Tibetan art. The Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will be just such a place, and more.
In addition to making and showing thangkas there, Leslie will also lead Stitching Buddhas workshops and retreats to complement her online teaching program. This will be the only place outside of Asia where the ancient art of Tibetan appliqué is taught — and in English!
“I’ve been working in a home studio for years, stitching thangkas with a cat in my lap,” explained Leslie. “In many ways, it’s been ideal — tranquil, solitary, focused. But when people ask where they can see my work, I haven’t had an easy answer outside of special exhibition periods. Now, I’ll have a warm and inviting place to receive guests and share my transformative work at any time.”
Fabric thangkas, like thangka paintings and all Tibetan art, are designed to help people awaken to their true nature. Yes, they’re beautiful to look at too! But their primary function is to support transformation and awakening. And Leslie has always had a passion for transformative experiences.
The Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will host a variety of workshops and activities aimed at personal transformation and spiritual awakening. Many but not all of these workshops will take an artistic (or at least a creative) approach.
Prospective workshop leaders include master thangka painter Kalsang Dawa, liberated life consultant Maia Duerr, authentic expression coach Michelle Barry Franco and many others. Buddhist films and laughter workouts will also take place.
Studio memberships will be offered for those who want to support the preservation, documentation, transmission, and evolution of the sacred Tibetan Appliqué tradition and help sustain operations of the Transformative Arts Studio and the Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program. Studio members will receive discounts on workshops as well as free admission to films and laughter workouts.
The Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio will open on February 22, 2014. Event details are still in development. Contact Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo by email to find out more.